My wife and I started gardening in Fukuoka (Japan) in 2003. There was nothing but muddy clayey sloping land. At the beginning we made several structure such as steps and paths, and planted turf, fruit trees, roses, herbs etc.
In 2010, we visited several famous English gardens, including Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Mottisfont Abbey Garden and Hidcote Manor Garden. We were shocked by the glory of those gardens. Since then, we have been trying to make little but glorious gardens by ourselves.
It was in 2009 that we made terraced herb beds in our main garden.
Once the steps was located a little more west (right) side than now.
My wife made the steps in the middle of the garden
in January 2009 by using old railway sleepers.
It is amazing that borage has started to flower in January.
We grow borage in the terraced herb bed for several years,
and it grows from self-sown seeds.
Several seedlings has started to grow in last autumn,
which is about two months earlier than usual.
And they bear cute blue flowers at last in mid-winter.
It is a mild winter for now,
and this may be the reason.
Another flower in the herb bed is cherry sage.
It continues to bear flowers from spring to winter.